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Trombone Studio

A large and active group, the Southern Miss trombone studio includes music majors pursuing undergraduate degrees in music education, jazz studies, performance, BA; master's degrees in performance and music education; and doctoral degrees in performance and music education. In addition to a weekly lesson, each studio member attends a weekly studio class, trombone octet, and choir rehearsals.  Many members of the studio perform in trombone quartets and join our jazz trombone ensemble, Hub Bones.   

Featured Guest Artist

James Markey, Bass Trombone of the Boston Symphony


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James Markey, bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will headline the 2020 Southern Miss Trombone Day on April 25, 2020. Mr. Markey joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Bass Trombone in fall 2012 following a 15-year tenure in the New York Philharmonic as Associate Principal (1997-2007) and Bass Trombone (2007-2012), and a two-year tenure as Principal Trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. 

Southern Miss Trombone Day includes a master class and recital by Mr. Markey, along with performances of the Southern Miss Trombone Choir, Trombone Day Participant Choir, and the 5th Annual High School Solo Competition. Mr. Markey's visit is sponsored in part by the Partners for the Arts.

  • Deadline to register – April 3, 2020.
  • High School Competition with prizes by Greg Black Mouthpieces, Sheridan Brass, and Mississippi Music.
  • Required repertoire includes for Tenor Trombone- Morceau Symphonique by Guilmant and for Bass Trombone- Lieb Concertino Basso.
  • Audio recordings (piano accompaniment not required) should be emailed or shared via Dropbox or Google Drive with Dr.%20McIlwain by April 3, 2020. Finalists will be announced no later than April 10, 2020 and will compete for prizes at Trombone Day.
  • Vendors attending include Greg Black Mouthpieces, Sheridan Brass, and Mississippi Music.


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Trombone Studio

Since the days of William Cramer and Emory Remington, the trombone choir has emerged, not only as a pedagogical tool, but also as a viable performing ensemble.  With groups such as the New Trombone Collective, the trombone choir has received attention of new composers and many aspiring college trombonists.  Numbering between 16 and 25 members, the Southern Miss Trombone Choir includes undergraduate and graduate student trombonists performing on alto, tenor and bass trombones.  Typical performances include campus concerts, the All-South Honor Band Festival, and other regional appearances at local churches and schools.  In addition to performing a wide variety of standard literature, the Choir remains committed to seeking out new works for trombone choir by upcoming composers and student composers.

The Southern Miss Trombone Choir and Select Octet have been invited to perform at both the International Trombone Festival and the American Trombone Workshop.  Most recently, the Trombone Choir joined James Nova of the Pittsburgh Symphony to perform his “Trombones at the Movies” arrangements of various John Williams’ scores as found on his critically acclaimed overdub album, From Light to Dark.

Winner of the National Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in 2002, Hub Bones follows in the tradition of groups like the Capitol Bones, a professional jazz trombone ensemble based in Washington D.C.  Hub Bones utilizes 5 to 10 student trombonists accompanied by a rhythm section and performs a wide variety of jazz literature.

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Recent Performance

Student Accomplishments

Jonathan McNeer (BM 2018, studying MM at Northwestern University)

  • Accepted a 90% scholarship to Northwestern University to pursue his MM with Michael Mulcahy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, along with similar offers at other schools such as Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music, Western Michigan University. Was also a finalist at the Colburn School and Curtis Institute.

Taylor Jones (BM 2018, studying currently MM at Duquesne University)

  • Bass Trombone with the Meridian Symphony and finalist for SE Shires Competition at STS, 2nd Place Prize Winner at STS Orchestral Excerpts Competition, and a finalist in the Delta Symphony Orchestra's 27th Annual Young Artist Solo Competition.

Spencer Hudson (BM 2018, studying currently MM at Oklahoma State University)

  • Following successful audition submissions - frequently invited to attend the Cleveland Trombone Seminar, Southeast Trombone Symposium, Rafael Méndez Brass Institute, Miami Summer Music Festival, and numerous others on multiple occasions.

Craig Watson (DMA, current student)

  • Performed on domestic and international tour of  Annie- The Musical
  • Currently, performing on the domestic tour of A Bronx Tale - The Musical
Joshua Mize (DMA, current student)
  • Invited to perform Brian Sadler's Soundtrack for Trombone and Orchestra at the American Trombone Workshop in Washington, DC as part of the guest artist recital series. This new composition by Sadler was commissioned by Josh Mize in 2017.


Alumni Accomplishments

Taylor Jones (BM, 2018)
  • Winner of Second Trombone, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra
Steven Hooper  (MM, 2013)
  • United States Naval Band - Europe - Naples, Italy
Jonathan Holladay (BME/BM, 2016)
  • United States Naval Band - Pacific Fleet - Honolulu, Hawaii

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